- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico dairy worker has pleaded no contest in an animal cruelty case.

Cesar Morales-Iniguez entered his pleas Monday before a state district judge in Chaves County. The judge suspended a 364-day jail sentence pending the defendant’s successful completion of probation.

Morales-Iniguez was one of four Winchester Dairy workers charged last year after undercover video showed them whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals.

Another worker received the same sentence in December after pleading no contest to animal cruelty charges. Cases are pending against two more workers.

The dairy near Roswell ceased operations in September 2014 after an undercover investigation by Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals.

Winchester Dairy subsequently halted milking operations, stopped shipments to all vendors and dispersed thousands of cows to other dairies.

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